Kari Treese

Writer | Educator | Math Enthusiast


Leila Abu-Saba Memorial Prize, Mills College, 2019

Melody Clarke Teppola Prize in Creative Writing Fiction (Honorable Mention), 2019

Fred T. Haley Writing Award, UW Tacoma, 2015



All the dead things come back to haunt me after you leave” BULL

Episode” CHEAP POP


“pink flower, white wood” and “a dedication” Watershed Review

“all this blood” & “old gods & men” Poets of Mills College

“Eulogy” Hobart

“On Finding Poetry and Place” Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New and Beginner Poets, Black Lawrence Press (January)


“Mile 183” BULL

“Big Al’s Pet Emporium” Cutbank

“Out on the Lake” Pithead Chapel

“Pain Relief” Microfiction Monday

“On Fullness” Rivet Journal

“Plastic Houses” Punctuate


“For Keeping” Goat’s Milk Magazine

“Spark” Lunch Ticket

“Birth Day” Pacifica Literary Review


“Photo(stream of consciousness) in reverse” & “A Black Wasp Flew Into the Pool” Crab Fat Magazine

“creation” The Fem


“Beauty and Being” The Los Angeles Review, Vol 20


“Spray” & “Carousel Horse” Tahoma West


M.F.A Creative Writing Prose, Mills College, 2020

M.Ed. Secondary Mathematics Education, UCLA, 2016

B.A. Creative Writing, Mathematics Minor, University of Washington, 2015


Kari Treese is a writer, educator, and math enthusiast. She’s located in Southern California where she teaches Math and English to high school students. Kari received her MFA in creative writing from Mills College in 2020. She spends her spare time working on a horror novel in progress, hanging out with her two kids, and petting her tiny dog, Syggy. She tweets @karitreese and posts dog photos on Instagram @kari_treese.


10/9/2021 WAKE UP: Clocks, Clarifications, Calamities &Coming of Age, by Creative Colloquy 7:00 PM

10/29/2019 Works In Progress @ Rothwell Theater, Mills College 5:30 PM

5/12/2019 Flash Fiction @ The Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland, CA 5:00 PM

Rigor and Compassion in the Writing Classroom: “Letter to a Future Writer: Marginalia and Instructor Feedback in College Writing”—December 2018 @ Mills College

Math Enthusiast Speaker Series, University of Washington—January 2017

Tahoma West Issue Release Reading—May 2015

Writing Studies Student Showcase—May 2015

Poetry Flash Mob—April 2015

Dada Artists on Campus—April 2015

Writing for Social Change: One Act Student Plays—December 2014